The resurgence in investor confidence in Zambia’s economy has been given an added boost with the resumption of direct passenger flights between Ndola and Johannesburg by Proflight Zambia.
The restarting of the service from May 18, 2022, is an addition to the 13 weekly flights from Lusaka to Johannesburg with connections to/from Ndola.
Flights from Ndola will operate on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, departing at 08:10hrs and arriving in Joburg at 10:40hrs. Flights from Johannesburg depart on the same days at 12:30hrs, arriving in Ndola at 15:00hrs. Two additional flights on Sundays and Mondays depart from Johannesburg at 14:30hrs and arrive in Ndola at 17:00hrs.
The route is being operated using Proflight’s two CRJ-100 and 200 50-seat jet aircraft, with onward connections onto the Cemair and FlySafair networks to other South African destinations.
Speaking during the relaunch of the route, Proflight Director of flight operations Captain Josias Walubita said the relaunch of the five-times-a-week flights was a recognition of the route’s importance, especially for business travellers from the region.
“We are excited to relaunch this route and provide more options to the people of the Copperbelt. This couldn’t have come at a more opportune time as the Copperbelt is a prime destination for business travel. This is in line with our commitment to fostering growth in the economy by offering connections between more local destinations and beyond,” said Captain Walubita.
Captain Walubita noted that opening the route would facilitate trade, especially as the world readjusts to a new normal and endeavours to spur on the economy in the wake of COVID-19.
He said that “the aircraft is the ideal aircraft for this route as it provides speed, comfort, and reliability.”
The 50 seat jet aircraft is also be deployed on domestic routes: Ndola, Livingstone, Mfuwe and Solwezi where demand requires.
The new Ndola/ Johannesburg direct flight offers a morning flight option to South Africa enabling same-day onward connections to passengers’ final destinations domestically, and offers a later departure out of Johannesburg allowing same-day connections from other cities in South Africa.
Proflight will also maintain its convenient connections via Lusaka on all other days giving travellers the option of up to eleven weekly flights between the Copperbelt and Johannesburg. Proflight Zambia is offering a free checked baggage allowance on the Ndola/ Joburg route of 40kgs.
Proflight’s first 9J-PZA jet started operations around Independence Day 2014, hence being called the ‘Jubilee Jet’, and was subsequently named ‘Chembe’ in a competition run amongst our passengers. 9J-PZA is owned by Proflight, while the new CRJ 9J-PFZ is leased by the airline.